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Posts Tagged ‘spices’

Recipe With Spices

Posted by terrepruitt on April 18, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhen I go grocery shopping I like to have a list otherwise, I spend too much!  Too much time walking up and down the aisles and too much money.  What happens is I see something and get an idea then have to run around the store to get all the ingredients.  With the running around the store I end up seeing other things and it just snowballs into way too much!  Yet having a list equates to not always seeing the new products that come out.  And there are ALWAYS new things coming out.  One day after my Tuesday morning Nia class,  I was in the store and I was looking for a spice so I was on the spice aisle and I saw these packages.  These could not be new to the market but they are new to me!  I really think this is a cool idea!  These packages contain all the spices you need for a particular recipe and yes, of course, the recipe is on the back.

I showed my husband the picture and he said it was all a marketing ploy.  Well, DUH!  Of course!  These packages are probably really expensive if you were to use them all the time to make the same recipe over and over.  But they are BRILLIANT.  I love this idea.  I mean, sometimes I want to make something but I don’t want to invest in an entire bottle of the spice I don’t have that I need to make the recipe.  And this is the perfect way to try it out.  I can buy the package and then if I like the recipe then I can buy all the spices that I actually need to have on hand when I want to make the recipe again.  And, of course, you can make any changes to the recipe after you try the original recipe.

It is difficult to tell, but you may have noticed in the background of the photos, there are several different packages for different recipes.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaAs I said, I know food manufacturers come up with new stuff all the time, but I thought this was really cool.  I think it can be really helpful to people.  There are so many reasons.  You could just be in a rush and you don’t want to have to measure out all the spices or as I said before you don’t have that ONE spice you need to complete the recipe.  Maybe you are a new cook and just need a little help.

Plus the recipes look really easy.

I imagine there are many of you making faces and saying, “Oh, I would just use FRESH garlic, onions, oregano, and cilantro.”  I get that.  But again, there are a lot of reasons a lot of people could benefit from this nifty little package.

I know a lot of people who could just use this as a starting point.  They often share that they want to learn how to cook . . . this is a great start.

Ok, I am not often impressed by our food industry, but this I like.  It is not like a package of all the spices mixed together.  I think of this more as an educational tool, a starting point, a little push to get people started cooking and making their own food.

What do you think?  Have you seen these spice/recipe packages?

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Asparagus, Roasted

Posted by terrepruitt on March 14, 2009

I love to eat roasted asparagus.  I like it when it is really cooked, not burned, but crispy.  It is probably past the point of supreme nutrition, but that is my favorite way to eat it.  I do like it at its most nutritious, too, boiled until it is tender not soggy.  I haven’t always liked asparagus.  I believe the way vegetables are cooked now is different than from when I was growing up.  Plus, I believe that it is much easier to obtain a fresh vegetable now than when I was growing up.

Apparently the season is from March through August, but we eat it all year round.  To me it tastes better during the “Asparagus season”.

One of the reasons I love to eat it roasted is because it is so easy to cook.  I rinse it off, then chop off the ends—I don’t do that bend and break thing because holding the entire bunch in one hand and chopping with the other is much faster to me — then I line them up in a pan (I have a jelly roll pan).  I sprinkle olive oil on them.  I usually use garlic infused olive oil, but sometimes I go for the lemon olive oil.  Then I salt them and use whatever spices I feel like, then in they go.  I usually cook them at 400 degrees.  I let them bake for 15 minutes, then I flip them.  And let them go 15 minutes more, but you can take them out at anytime and they are delicious.  Sometimes I cook ‘em less, sometimes I cook ‘em more.  Depends on my mood and when the rest of the meal is ready.

Nutritional Value per 100 g  (3.5 oz) as per USDA Nutrient database

Calories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Carbohydrates . . . . . . . . . .3.88 g
Sugars . . . . . . . . . .1.88 g
Dietary fiber . . . . .2.1 g
Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.12 g
Protein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.20 g

In addition Asparagus contains Thiamine (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Niacin (Vit. B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vit. B9), Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and Manganese.

Seems to me like they are way worth the time and effort it takes to cook them.

What is your favorite way to cook asparagus?

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